Khichri with Achari Masala Mix Vegetable

Khichri is the ultimate comfort food. It’s the super daddy of all comfort foods at least in my kitchen. We don’t need a reason to eat khichri, although there are many: too tired to cook today, don’t have time to cook, feeling a bit sick, missing mom’s food, nothing at home to cook, and the list is never ending.

But yes, khichri although a soul food, can be a bit boring sometimes to the palate. For the very reason, it is consumed with a side of spicy pickle most of the time. I thought of making an interesting twist to the boring khichri by the addition of pickled mixed vegetables instead. We get the fibre and also a contentment of the spice factor which goes beautifully with the bland khichri.


So stop eating pickles and try mixed vegetables instead.

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 20 mins

Total time: 30 mins

Khichri with Achari Masala Vegetables: A very light moong dal & rice porridge made in ghee with tangy and spicy dry mixed vegetables.dsc_0017-1

Author: Nand

Recipe type: Dinner/Lunch

Cuisine: Indian

Serving Size: 2



  • Small grain rice or broken basmati – 1/4 cup
  • Moong Dal – 1/4 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Ghee – 1 tbs
  • Asafoetida – One pinch
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Water – 1.5 cups

Achari Masala Vegetables

  • Mixed Vegetable, diced (Carrot, Beans, Peas, Cauliflower) – 1 cup
  • Boiled potatoes or cottage cheese (paneer), diced – 1/2 cup
  • Oil – 1 tbs
  • Achari Masala Powder – 1 tbs
  • Curd – 2 tbs
  • Fresh coriander for garnish


For Khichri

  1. Wash and soak rice and dal together for 7-8 minutes in 1.5 cups of water.
  2. In a pressure cooker, add ghee and when it’s hot add asafoetida and cumin seeds.
  3. Once it splutters, add soaked dal and rice.
  4. Add turmeric powder and salt, cover with lid and pressure cook on low heat for 3-4 whistles.

For Mixed Vegetable

  1. In a pan, heat oil and add all the mixed vegetables.
  2. Add salt, mix, cover and cook until vegetables are soft and done.
  3. Now mix the achari masala with curd and add the curd mixture to the mixed vegetables along with paneer or boiled potatoes.
  4. Mix well and stir on high heat for at least a couple of minutes until everything is well coated with the masala.
  5. Switch off the gas and sprinkle fresh coriander and serve with khichri.



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